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TIMELESS WOMEN: Inspiration for All Ages Dr. Glory Van Scott, the model for Elizabeth Catlett’s famous 1981 bronze bust "Glory," asked why she was chosen to be the subject. Ms. Catlett responded, “There’s something ancient about you. From another time.” The sculpture, later, inspired a composition by Rufus Reid, the jazz bassist-composer. In describing what moved him about Catlett’s work, Reid told a writer, “There's angst in the face. There’s power in the face. There’s maybe some anger in the face. And, yet, composure in the face.” This March, Women’s Month, Our Time Press explores the essence of Dr. Scott, cousin of Emmett Till, and other women who answer to callings from another time. (BG)
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) is shaking up the halls of Congress with her intellect and outspoken advocacy. She is fearless and will not be silenced. (Credit: © Dan Herrick/ZUMA Wire)
March 2019 “Herstories”
Week One: Bonnie Newman Davis, Melony McGant on Dr. Glory Van Scott and Katherine Dunham, Diane Patrick, Tsahai Akili Ptah, Shylah Brown ■■
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Spelman College Glee Club to perform at Grace Congregational in Harlem, March 17 See Women’s Calendar, pages 8, 9, 14
Golf prodigy Shyla Brown, 10, named Golfer of the Year by the Charlotte Golfing Seniors. Page 6
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IBW21 Pan-African Unity Dialogue Meeting: More with Karen Bass, Chair of the CBC ■■
n last week’s issue we shared some of the enlightened voices raised and salient points made at the recent Annual Malcolm X Commemorative Session of the Pan-African Unity Dialogue (PAUD). There was so much information given, rich reflection and dialogue, however, that we promised to do a Part Two. To refresh readers' memories, the PAUD is an initiative of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW21, an organization founded by Daniels. This special meeting was conducted and received in the spirit of Malcolm who, at the time that he was killed was working to establish unity between Africans on the Continent and in the Diaspora. Many of the questions were for Congress Member Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She was presented with so many meaty questions that there was not time to answer all. But following are a few of the exchanges with her. Milton Allimadi, publisher of the Black Star News, spoke of two diametrically opposed influences: Malcolm and Museveni. “Brother Malcolm in 1964 attended the OAU. He got to meet African leaders [such as] Nassar, Nkrumah, Nyerere, because he knew the importance of linking the Continent with the Diaspora and I think that’s when he really became a threat to the U.S. system. “My question is on Uganda and Gen. Museveni and the fact that there are U.S. administrations whether Democrat or Republican, that have actually helped to sustain his tyrannical regime for such a DBG MEDIA Publishers of Our Time Press, Inc. 358 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 599-6828 Web site: www.ourtimepress.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Publisher DBG MEDIA Editor-in-Chief David Mark Greaves Copy Editor Maitefa Angaza Columnists Eddie Castro Victoria Horsford Michael Johnson Abigail McGrath Marlon Rice Reporters Akosua Albritton Margo McKenzie Contributors Lisa Durden Fern Gillespie Web Editor www.ourtimepress.com Liani Greaves Office Manager Joanna Williams Consultant Bernice Elizabeth Green Co-Founder © 2015, DBG MEDIA Publishers of Our Time Press, Inc., printed in New York City. All rights reserved. No part of the publication may be reproduced without prior permission of the publishers. Publishers are not responsible for any ad claims. MBE Certified in NYC, NYS and the Port Authority of NY & NJ Member: New York State Press Association
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long time. And then the recent brutalization of members of Parliament. “I think the African continent has lost so much in this contestation of political power that it will not be able to achieve anything close to what Nkrumah dreamed of in terms of Africa’s realized potential.” Others had questions such as: “What can we do to ensure that these relationships [African and African Diasporan] counter some of our [U.S.] policies that have been more detrimental?” Another attendee reacted to a heads-up from the Congress Member. “Thank you breaking this explosive news that President Trump is going to pardon Marcus Garvey!” he said. “And what would that really mean for you and for us? Is Donald Trump going to alleviate this suffering, when Julius Garvey, his son, has for eight years not been able to get the Obama administration to do it?” A question from someone else: “How do you see the lack of forces the lack of pressure, the lack of serial action from Africans in the Diaspora and African Americans to wade into legislation impacting Africa?”
Hmm. Lots of food for thought. Congress Member Bass was thoughtful in her responses, given the time available. “Thank you for your questions and let me just start, kind of at the end. I’m most certainly not going to sit here and defend U.S. policies in a number of different places. It has always been hypocritical. The difference now is that it’s hypocritical AND nonsensical. We don’t know what the policy is going to be from one minute to the next. AFRICOM is based in Stuttgart Germany, because no African leader would accept it being based on the continent of Africa. When Mali fell, the Malians had to go to the French to ask the French to come and help so… and please correct me if I’m wrong, but if the African Union had the capacity, it would have helped in Mali. It hurt my heart to go over to Mali and see the French, but they also wanted us to come over as well, and so we came over in the form of training, not soldiers fighting, but training to help. My background didn’t lead me to supporting U.S, corporations. In terms of the horn of Africa and military bases, I know
Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair, Congressional Black Caucus
that’s a real issue… I would love to call some of you as witnesses if you would be willing to come. You should let me know if you’d like to or would like to propose hearing topics, please let us know. When I first got to. Congress, the Africans would be sitting in the audience while we’re talking about their countries and that was so offensive to me! So, we started having Africa policy breakfasts where we invited the whole community. Because the Capitol… we built that darn building! Our ancestors! And it should be open to all of us. I do the annual Congressional Black Caucus Week; I do the Africa Brain Trust and we are always looking ideas about what to do. And we kind of follow the traditional format. We typically invite a head of state and we have panels, but we don’t have to do any of that and we’d be very open to your ideas. I want to point out that the Congressional Black Caucus now has 55 Black members and we chair five committees. Twenty of us chair various subcommittees. Congressman Cummings heads the judiciary committee, and I’m on that committee, so criminal justice reform is another major area that I plan to be involved in. The committee covers crime and terrorism and we got some terrorism! Four acts of domestic terrorism took place before the election. But it never gets called that. And yet, the FBI has this document * they call ‘Black Identity Extremism,’ where they talk about Black people New York City families with children born in 2015 can apply being terrorists. And for the 2019-20 school year. you and I lived through COINTELPRO, so to me *Receive automated recurring messages from NYC DOE. No purchase necessary. MSG and data rates may apply. this is COINTELPRO 2, and we need to do everything we can to sop that.”
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BK Lawmakers Applaud Expansion of Women Monuments Across the City ■■
omen’s History month is starting off with some bronze, as the city’s First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen announced four new monuments as part of the She Built NYC initiative. The initiative honors the trailblazing women who have helped shape New York City while addressing the absence of female statues in our public realm. The monuments will honor Billie Holiday, Elizabeth Jennings Graham, Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías, and Katherine Walker. According to the press release on the announcement the monuments will mark a critical step towards creating a more dynamic, diverse, and inclusive collection of permanent public artwork across all five boroughs. “Public monuments should tell the full history and inspire us to realize our potential – not question our worth. In honoring
Repeal The Blindfold (NEW YORK, NY) –– a coalition of labor unions, grassroots organizations, public defenders, criminal justice reform advocates, impacted New Yorkers, and others – applauded an opinion piece in the Times Union by Kings County District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in support of comprehensive discovery reform. Discovery is the process by which information and evidence is disclosed by prosecutors to the defense. “Kings County District Attorney Eric Gonzalez joins a chorus supporting comprehensive discovery reform, including wrongfully convicted New Yorkers; LGBTQ+; victim advocates; criminal defense attorneys; grassroots advocates; faith leaders; labor unions; and prosecutors from other states that have already changed their discovery rules. For over thirty years, most people accused of crimes and their defense attorneys in Brooklyn have had access to early and open discovery to make informed decisions about whether to plead guilty, and in many instances, effectively demonstrated their innocence. This practice helps avoid wrongful convictions, unjust incarceration, and court delays while balancing public safety. Rebutting the scare tactics of the District Attorneys Association of New York, DA Gonzalez wrote, “The safety of victims and witnesses is not compromised by our practice [of open-file discovery] and they are not discouraged from coming forward.” Meanwhile, people across the East River in Manhattan and in other counties throughout the state are denied crucial evidence on a daily basis and are forced to plead guilty or go to trial without having any police reports or other important information. Open-file discovery is a successful and proven model that can work in counties throughout New York. Other elected district attorneys and those aspiring to hold the office should come forward now in support of early, open, and broad discovery and support Governor Cuomo, the Senate, and the Assembly in passing discovery reform in the State budget.”
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Billie Holiday these four trailblazers today, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to see powerful women who made history receive the recognition they deserve,” said McCray. The four new monuments will be placed throughout the five boroughs: The monument to Holiday will be built in her home borough near Queens Borough Hall. Holiday lived in Addisleigh Park
and later in Flushing. She currently also has a theater named for her in BedfordStuyvesant’s Restoration Plaza. Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan Gough, 1915-1959) is one of the most celebrated jazz singers of all time. Her career helped to define the New York “swing sing” jazz scene and to challenge racial barriers. One of the first black women to sing with a white orchestra, she struck out on her own to win fame with Strange Fruit, a powerful protest song about lynching, named by Time Magazine “the song of the century” (1999). Her career was recognized by four posthumous Grammys and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The monument to Jennings Graham will be placed in the Vanderbilt Avenue Corridor near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. Elizabeth Jennings Graham (1827–1901) challenged racial segregation a century before the modern Civil Rights movement. On July 16, 1854, the 27-year-old schoolteacher
Elizabeth Jennings Graham boarded a streetcar that did not accept African-Americans as passengers. When the conductor confronted her, she refused to leave until forcibly removed by the police. Graham used her education and connections ➔➔ Continued on page 10
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By Victoria Horsford
NEW YORK/CHICAGO Who made the City & State Power 100 List for 2019? If you are interested in the NY Power elite, a cross-section of politicos, business and union leaders and media muckity-mucks, visit cityandstateny.com. The following is a truncated list of the Power 100 List which includes many African-Americans and Latinos in the NY firmament. This includes some highlights of the Top 50 and emphasizes African-Americans and Latinos: Governor Cuomo, #1; Carl Heastie, NYS Assembly Speaker; Andrea Stewart-Cousins, #3; NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, #4; Donald Trump, #5; Senator Chuck Schumer, #6; Corey Johnson, NYC Council Speaker, #7; Scott Stringer, #8; Letitia James, #9; US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, #11; George Gresham, 1199 SEIU #14; Chirlane McCray, NYC First Lady; Representative Hakeem Jeffries, #20; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, #22; John Banks, RE Board of NY Prexy, #28; Bronx Boro Prexy Ruben Diaz, Jr. #29; Brooklyn Boro Prexy Eric Adams, #30; Michael Blake, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Jumaane Williams tied at #55. List was
Toni Preckwinkle compiled prior to 2/26 Public Advocate Special Election. Windy City politics: Two AfricanAmerican women, Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle, meet again in an April 2 runoff to determine who will become Chicago’s next mayor. The women competed in a field of 14 candidates in a nonpartisan race on February 26. Lori Lightfoot is a career civil servant who has worked in many government offices. She was President of the Chicago Police Board for three years. Toni Preckwinkle was Cook County Board President. She’d like to raise the Chicago minimum wage to $15. Chicago is a tough city to govern. However, the next mayor makes history as the first Black woman to man the office. The mayor succeeds Rahm Emmanuel, former congressman and Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. His reign as Chicago mayor has concluded.
THEATER: Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre, in association with the Castillo Theatre, presents “LOOKING FOR LEROY.” The two-character play is a debate between a young theater intern and a great playwright, ostensibly Leroi Jones and Amiri Baraka, who is working on his final play,
“Most Dangerous Man in America: W.E.B. DuBois.” Directed by Petronia Paley and written by Larry Muhammad, the “Looking for Leroy” protagonists are locked in an engaging battle about art, artistic expression and the role of artists of color. The play runs through March 31 at the Castillo Theatre, located at 543 West 42nd Street, Manhattan. [Visit newfederaltheatre.com] MUSIC: Midas Touch impresario Vy Higginsen and the Bacchus Jazz Foundation presents an elegant evening of jazz during its golden age with a musical retrospective, HARLEM SINGS JAZZ, featuring vocalists Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson, Elijah Lewis, Matthew Burke and Anwar Robinson,
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Audrey Smaltz in Harlem Glamour,” will be presented by the Harlem Haberdashery Boutique with its 5001 Flavors for the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem on March 9 at the Riverside Church from 7-11 pm. Moreover, the masquerade ball will honor Harlem prominences like fashionista extraordinaire Audrey Smaltz, the Ground Crew, a NY Fashion Week staple; Terrell Stowers, Marching Cobras; and Jamel Wright, Harlem Jets Football. For more info about the glamour, bling and Harlem Renaissance patina, visit harlemhaberdashery.com. Ball
WOMEN’S STUFF Knoelle Higginson borrowing songs from music masters like Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald at the 80-year-old Minton’s Playhouse, located at 206 West 118th Street, Harlem. Playdates are Wednesday, March 6, 13 and 20. [Visit mamafoundation.org] Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” is on at the Met Opera at Lincoln Center 2019-2020 calendar with performances on 9/23, 9/27, 9/30 and 10/5. LITERATURE: Writer/poet Morgan Parker’s new book,“MAGICAL NEGRO,” is a poetry collection which challenges Black stereotypes that was recently published and is getting good reviews. Time magazine says that it is a riveting testimony to everyday Blackness. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she is likened to Gwendolyn Brooks. Her 2017 poetry collection, “There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce,” uses politics and pop culture to reference 21st century Black women in their myriad complexities. Her debut YA novel, “Who Put This Song On?,” will be published later this year. HIGHER ED: Bennett College, the all-women’s college, an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) in Greensboro, NC, which faced loss of accreditation a few weeks ago if it failed to raise $5 million, has donations that topped $8.2 million by deadline.
NEWSMAKERS RIP: Beloved family patriarch Donald Herbert Eaton, Jr., 85, died on February 23. A Korean War Veteran and a 369th Harlem Hellfighter, he was a father and grandfather. Geoffrey E a t o n , Congressman C h a r l e s Rangel’s former Chief of Donald Herbert Eaton Staff, is one of Eaton’s sons. The Eaton family plans a Harlem Military Homegoing Celebration for him, which begins with a wake/viewing at Benta’s Funeral Home at 630 St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, on March 8, 4-8 pm. A military funeral will be held at the Salem United Methodist Church, located at 2190 Seventh Avenue, Harlem, on March 9 at 11am.
MARCH CALENDAR The 6th Annual Harlem Haberdashery 2019 Masquerade Benefit Ball, “A Night
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents its Annual Women’s Jazz Festival in honor of Women’s History Month every Monday at 7 pm. March 11: Women in Beebop; March 18: Lakecia Benjamin; and March 25: Closing Night with Jazzmeia Horn. All concerts at the Schomburg, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem. Tamron Hall, 48, recently disclosed that she has it all. She is married to a man named Steve, is 32 weeks pregnant and ready to go before the cameras for a new daytime TV talk show for Disney, which premieres in national syndication on September 9, 2019. She will serve as the show’s executive producer along with veteran producer Bill Geddie, who was executive producer of ABC-TV’s “The View.” What a life!
Tamron Hall The June Kelly Gallery, a member of the Art Dealers Association of America, mounts the exhibit, “ELIZABETH CATLETT: An Ardent Feminist, Sculpture and Prints,” which opens on March 8 with a reception and runs through April 16 at 166 Mercer Street, SoHo, Manhattan (212.226.1660). The Billie Holiday Theatre presents, “50 IN 50: Letters to Our Daughters,” a seminal monologue showcase of 50 stories by many women from around the world of the African Diaspora, which will be read by theater, film and TV eminences like LaChanze, Paulette Washington, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Phyllis Stickney and others. The Billie Holiday Showcase premieres on March 9 at the Kumble Theatre, Long Island University, Brooklyn, and it will debut a week later at the WACO Theatre Center in Los Angeles. [Visit thebillieholiday. org] A Harlembased brand consultant, Victoria can be reached at Victoria.horsford@gmail. Camille Yarbrough com.
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The Leftovers ■■
eftovers taste even better the next day. That lasagna you made for Sunday dinner--It tastes even better when you eat it at your desk for lunch on Monday. I think this is because the food has a whole night to sit in its own juices and flavors, giving it an even more robust taste the day after. Just my opinion. Leftovers definitely taste better the next day, though. However, this only applies to food. In politics, it’s a different story altogether. Bernie Sanders came to Brooklyn College this past week to announce that he would be seeking the Democratic nomination for the Office of President of the United States. He grew up a stone’s-throw away from the campus, and he even attended Brooklyn College for a year in the late 50’s. Sanders could have announced this campaign in the same state that he announced his first campaign back in 2016, in Vermont where he’s a senior senator, but he didn’t. Instead, he chose Brooklyn. It’s customary for candidates to announce their campaigns in either Iowa or New Hampshire, the first two primary states, or in their home state. Sanders coming to Brooklyn for his announcement was a strategy in both optics and perception. Announcing in one of the strongest Democratic cities in the country means that Sanders was assured of a large turnout. Kamala Harris announced her campaign in front of 20,000 people in Oakland last month. In 2016, Sanders pulled less than 6,000 people when he announced his campaign in Burlington, Vermont. More than just the numbers though, this time around Sanders was equally assured that there would
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Bernie at Brooklyn College be more Brown and Black faces making up a large percentage of the crowd. Midwood, Brooklyn makes Burlington, Vermont look like Oslo, Norway, minus all of the real cool architecture. I’m sure that Team Sanders had a photog in the midst getting the money shot for the campaign flyers. Nothing says diversity like a white man on a podium talking to a sea of colored folk. Sanders joins an underwhelming group of Democrats vying for the opportunity to battle Donald J. Trump in the fall of 2020. You have notable names like Kamala, Booker and Castro. You have names no one has ever
heard of before like John Hickenlooper and Jay Inslee. And then you have names that haven’t entered the race, but people are hoping that they will, like Beto, Bloomberg and Biden. For now, though, the assumption is that Sanders entering into the race automatically makes him the front-runner. It was just a few years ago when Sanders was the cerebral man’s choice for the Democratic nomination. Back in 2016, he focused his campaign on income and wealth inequality. He talked about the erosion of the middle class. He talked more taxes on the wealthy. He pitched his tent among the people and
the issues that concern the working class the most. At the end of it all, he had done his part to reenergize the party, but he could only muster 46% of the delegation vote, losing to Hillary Clinton. But now he’s back, like your favorite pair of jeans that you thought you’d have to throw out because you got a hole in the crotch area, but your mom was able to patch it up. He is trying to pick up where he left off, for the people. However, this time around it tastes just a little different. The Brooklyn move was cute, but it plays as a bit contrived. When answering this sudden hot-button question about whether or not descendants of African slaves should receive reparations, his answer amounted to a no. Kamala, Booker and Elizabeth Warren all answered the same question with a yes. If Sanders should happen to win the primary and then the general election, he would be 79 years old on the day he takes office. That’s 6 years older than Reagan was when he was elected to a second term. In a millennial world, do we trust the abilities of an 80-year-old president to be able to keep up with the ever-increasing flow of information? We are only at the beginning of this campaign season, but it already feels like the fresh ideas that Sanders delivered in 2016 are now nothing more than leftovers, pulled from the back of the fridge, the aluminum foil taken from the top and the bowl put in the microwave to heat it up. Leftovers taste great the day after. But after three years, you might want to think twice before eating them.
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Golf Prodigy Shyla C. Brown set for Hall of Fame ■■
ou can find her on IG (that’s Instagram for us older-generation folks who may not know) under her account “Shylagolfer.” She stands at a height of 5-feet-1 inch and is currently in the 5th grade. Off the course, Shyla Brown is a quintessential 10-year-old who enjoys Minecraft, science experiments, reading and playing with her dog, Sugar. Yet, she can hit a golf ball up to 250 yards on any given
day, as she currently shoots in the low 80’s playing from 5800-6200. Her talent, versatility and hard work on and off the course have been recognized throughout the country and she has recently been selected to be inducted into the 2019 African-American & Youth Golfers Hall of Fame after being named Golfer of the Year 2018 by The Charlotte Golfing Seniors, where she was also awarded a scholarship.
For Shyla, staying fit is par for the course.
Tsahai Akili Ptah was born on September 22, 2009. Her first name is Ethiopian, which means sun, and Akili is Swahili, which means wise. She is the second of three children. Tsahai is humorous, helpful, giver, curious, meticulous, inquisitive, quiet and shy. Although she is timid, it does not stop her in exploring her multitude of talents in dance, tennis, writing and her natural ability to role-play an old woman.
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By: Tsahai Akili Ptah
hen the wind pushes back on my skin my face turns calm. When the sun comes out every morning it reflects on my skin. When the moon comes out every morning it glazes and reflects on my skin. When the moon comes out, I always wish for something crazy like a sister I have always longed for. When I am outside alone my eyes start dazing off into space. When I am inside watching my mom paint it makes me feel magnificent. I study everything she does. When the rain comes down and everything is covered in tears it’s like I’m singing a sad blues. When I am standing still doing nothing it inspires me to come here and write, right here with just you and me, paper and pen.
By Tiffany Pippins, African-American Golf Digest Shyla has won over 27 golf tournaments and aspires to one day attend Duke University and play for the women’s golf team. David and Dahalia Brown are avid supporters and golf parents to their gifted daughter. Shyla’s mother once caddied for the 2018 Peggy Kirk Bell Discovery Tournament where Shyla took home another win. Her father, David Brown, champions her game coaches and caddies most of her events and spends time with his daughter on the course and at the practice range, cultivating her swing, day after day. She hopes to attend Duke University where she plans to major in one of the math and science fields. She is actively a part of the Duke TIP Gifted Program that allows her to take classes outside of her elementary education at South Carolina University. In addition to her accomplishments on the course, Shyla volunteers as a Junior Optimist member as well as volunteer assistant coach for the First Tee of Charlotte, NC. As Shyla continues to work on her game, she also boasts an eye-popping 4.2
GPA consistently. She tweets about the STEM curriculum and how she ties it into golf as she enjoys math and science in addition to her love for reading. Shyla Brown is an African-American golf prodigy with a promising future.
Growing Future Scientists Where They Live
MEC “Pipeline” Extends through Faculty Grants, Brooklyn BP’s Funding, Compassionate Stakeholders
edgar Evers ColSpring and Summer lege approaching Workshops, starting its 50th year is (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm). successfully bringing higher Workshops teach education in the sciences to the students about: 1) computing 3D products; 2) community. Three years ago, Medgar Solar System modeling; Evers College (MEC) President 3) CubeSat Engineering; Dr. Rudy Crew and Brooklyn 4) computer engineering Borough President Eric L. (building mini computAdams announced a joint ers); 5) MEC lab tours effort to expand on Crew’s and lab training; and 6) ‘Brooklyn Pipeline’ at Medgar field trips (e.g., Intrepid, Evers College. Crew’s Pipeline Botanic Garden, concept is designed to help Newton Creek, etc.). local students in and around Dr. Shermane Austin, PhD., Rahesha Amon Harrison At MEC, five high Central Brooklyn to excel in Deputy Chair, Computer Community Superintendent school and middle school education. Science, MEC District 16 students and five middle Since then it has gone to and high school teachers another level that has benefited the central in District 16, in particular, to see science will participate in summer workshops from Brooklyn in ways that can be modeled across as steppingstones to careers. July 1st through July 12th, 9:00 to 4:00 pm. This Saturday, March 9th another mathe country. The workshops will incorporate STEM Initial objectives were to bring the jor NASA initiative, will be launched at modules supported by a Space Science students to the college. The program has MEC involving students from several area Consortium Grant awarded to Professor evolved even further and the college is now middle schools and high schools. It is Shermane Austin. coming into the community. from a two-year $315,000 grant awarded Participants will attain a Certificate in “I am proud to oversee a true research to Professor Sunil Bhaskaran, Founding Responsible Conduct and Research. They and development administration, where we Director, BCC Geospatial Center of also will gain theoretical and practical exare not afraid to tackle big problems with the CUNY CREST Institute (BCCCCI, pertise in such areas as utilizing NASA (and outside-the-box pilot approaches that have CUNY) and Professor Christopher other-related) multi-scale Solar System game-changing potential,” said Adams in Blaszczak-Boxe, Associate Professor Climate Models (e.g., Earth & Mars) and an interview with Kings County Politics in and Deputy Chair of MEC’s Chemistry constructing miniature computers like September 2016. “Our partnership with Dr. & Environmental Science Department. The Raspberry Pi, a tiny and affordable Crew and Medgar Evers College has fostered This grant will train middle and high computer that you can use to learn proa unique education solution to previously school students and teachers on utilizing gramming. Students and teachers will attain intractable challenges in Central Brooklyn NASA Geospatial Technology, through a stipend upon completion of workshop reand throughout the borough.” quirements. (Application details With the help of school adwill follow in later this month in ministrators, community leaders, Our Time Press.) political representatives, parents, In keeping with the digteachers and willing students. ital age, Our Time Press is Medgar Evers impact is launching a STEM NEWS seen in the active participation column with Dr. Shermane and involvement on the ground Austin and Dr. Christopher of faculty and student leaders. Boxe as editorial and content They’ve planted trees, spoken at advisors. (More on this next workshops, graduation assemweek.) blies and even given personal This MEC educational scholarships. That effort has in- Medgar Evers College Pipeline” will soon flow even Brooklyn Borough President spired central Brooklyn students President Rudy Crew faster. Eric Adams
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“Being a griot or storyteller is what I was born to do. I come from a kinship line that was reborn to retell our story. We must tell it to the young, tell it to the old…everyone grows when our family story is told!” Nana Camille
Q&A with Nana Camille Yarbrough, Renaissance Woman, Griot Artist ■■
hicago native, world-class artist Nana Camille Yarbrough has done it all. She is a performer, singer-musician, actress on the stage, television and film. She is an acclaimed author and poet, and as a dancer. Nana Camille is a living legend, a Renaissance woman whose timeless works have seeped into the fabric of American pop culture: a recent national TV commercial featured her iconic song, “Take Yo’ Praise,” released in 1975. Her art centers around telling of the struggles and celebrations about the profoundness of a people whose very journey to this country was different from any other culture of people who came here looking for a promise. I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Yarbrough before her recent performance at the Schomburg Center in Harlem. -RW RW: Tell us which of your many passions came first, and who inspired you the most? Nana: My first impulse was to tell the human story, and dance was my gateway -- the path I took to the stage. Chicago’s Regal Theater was the place where our great artists performed in Chicago. I watched all of them carefully, but it was Josephine Baker, her excellence and commitment to justice, that gave me the courage to train, study and step on the stage as a performer representing the People of African Ancestry. (And later) Bill Withers; Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Aretha, Whitney, Alicia Keys,
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Ethel Waters, so many. In dance: Katherine Dunham, Dyane Harvey, The Nicholas Brothers. The poetry of the Negro Spirituals, Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, Zora Neal, Alice Childress. RW: Your classic song, “Take Yo’ Praise,” was sampled on Fatboy Slim’s track, “Praise You,” in 1998, and was a feature in your one-woman stage tour. Nana: The name of my one-woman show was Tales and Tunes of An African-American Griot. It was received very well and when Fat Boy Slim put rhythm to it, it became an international hit. But the important last verse was left out. RW: Your 1979 children’s book, “Cornrows,” has been called “ground-breaking.”
Nana: CORNROWS was my first book for children. It was ground-breaking. But, more importantly, it shared the African tradition of attaching adornment to value systems by naming the braided hair for loved ones, respected ones and important events. RW: I am delighted to hear that while you have touched many lives over the years through your works, so many more will now come to know you from a new documentary being done. Nana: I write mostly about others, but I have been asked to tell more about myself. The documentary does that. RW: Because you create in so many different mediums, do you get a vision of something you want to share and then say, that’s a poem or a book? What’s the creative process like for you when deciding on how to present it? Nana: I have a poem (“This is What I Do”) that answers your question: If there is animosity in our family or community I say or sing loving songs of satire or ridicule As a purge To ease family pain and sorrow It is my place, my honor to speak, compose or borrow A blues lament or Even a wailing dirge. In addition to the historical, personal and topical
I say words and sing songs of the religious, the cosmic, the philosophical to rhythms and melodies we all know. And if a situation calls for a story or a song of praise and glory, with your permission I will recall the past and tell and sing your heroic family story. I am Nana Camille Yarbrough I am a storyteller I am a griot I am a poet That is what I do. RW: An African-American presided over this country’s affairs very successfully considering what he had inherited when he became president. How did Barack Obama’s election into office affect you personally? Nana: I always believed we would have a Black president. He did not disappoint me. Barack Obama was outstanding. But what we have in the White House now is a danger to us and to the world. I believe we will have another African-American president and a female president. Why not? RW: If you were giving commencement speeches to graduating classes of 2019 at any university or college in America, what would your message be? Nana: “Your power, your strong foundation is in your ancestry. It is lit. Your genes are womb-woke. Respect and use them.”
Women’s Events Friday, March 8th GIVE ME BODY! FEMME REDEVINED OPENING NIGHT MoCADA Museum 80 Hanson Pl., 7-9pm, FREE. nspired by Queen Latifah’s “Come Into My House”, MoCADA’s “Give Me Body!: Femme Re-Divined” exhibit seeks to unravel how far society has come in our understanding, recognition, and celebration of the femme form — mind, body, and soul. RSVP at Eventbrite or show up.
Saturday, March 9th 50IN50: LETTERS TO OUR DAUGHTERS Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, 3pm & 7pm, $25. This third annual event features a group of 50 women writers considering “both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create.” Reading their words will be actors from Broadway, film and TV at Eventbrite.
PHENOMENAL WOMEN HERSTORY MONTH 2019
Give Me Body (MOCADA, 3/8)
The Brownsville Heritage House 581 Mother Gaston Blvd., 2nd floor at the Stone Ave Public Library, 7-10pm, FREE RSVP required. Green Earth Poets Café presents this program which features a special presentation to their Woman of the Year, NYS Assembly Woman La-
trice Walker; poetry by Sweet Aminata, Najmah53, Summer Knights, Slangston Hughes, Expression Jhones; and music by Rebecca Sol and other live entertainment. RSVP at gepcwomen2019. eventbrite.com.
Monday, March 11th SALUTE TO WOMEN IN BEBOP Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan, 7-9:30pm $35. This musical evening is curated by Diedre L. Murray, musician, jazz composer and Obie Award winnerTickets at Eventbrite.
Tuesday, March 12th LEGENDARY: NIKKI GIOVANNI IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHNETTA B. COLE Education at the Apollo Theater 253 W. 125th St., 7-8:45pm, FREE. As part of its “Legendary” series honoring iconic artists and their impact on American culture, Apollo Live Wire pays tribute to Poet, educator and activist, Nikki Giovanni. She will be in conversation with anthropologist and educator Johnnetta B. Cole, recently appointed chair and seventh president of the National Council of Negro Women. The two will look at Giovanni’s past and current work ➔➔ Continued on page 9
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Noted Journalist Bonnie Newman Davis Shares Thoughts for Our Time Press this month This month observes Women’s History and Black Journalism For us, there’s no better example of someone who combines both celebrations as Bonnie Newman Davis, a respected journalist, entrepreneur and community advocate who is making history. Ms. Davis has successfully combined her creative gifts with her passion to mentor, motivate and train succeeding generations. Her educational-based business, BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc., has inspired and empowered dozens of young people to enter the media field. And she still finds time to write stories that matter for Richmond magazine and other leading publications in her community. Our Time Press is excited to announce that Ms. Davis will share her thoughts on media and community in the paper throughout this month. Following is a description of her BND Institute and background. (BG)
About Bonnie Newman Davis Bonnie Newman Davis is a journalist, media consultant and executive director of the BND Institute of Media and Culture, a Richmond, Va. nonprofit organization that provides activities and programming focused on African-American media and culture. A graduate of North Carolina A&T University and the University of Michigan, Davis has more than 35 years of experience
in print and digital journalism as a reporter, copy editor and editor. Davis also has served as a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the Greensboro News & Record - Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at North Carolina A&T University. From 2004-2011, Davis was an associate professor in the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Davis was the 2003 Visiting Professional in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Hampton University. From 1999-2002, Davis was director of university communications at Virginia Union University. Prior to academia, Davis spent nearly 20 years with The Richmond-Times Dispatch (Va.) and Richmond News Leader (Va.). She also worked for newspapers in Kentucky, North Carolina and Michigan, and for digital news media outlets based in New York and Dallas, including thegrio.com and BlackAmericaweb.com. Davis, a past editor of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journal, continues to write articles for
the Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
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Bonnie Newman Davis various news and industry publications. In addition to writing for Richmond magazine, her clients include news organizations, nonprofit associations, higher education and cultural institutions. In April 2011, Davis was named the Journalism Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. As a former board member and regional director for NABJ, Davis twice has founded Richmond chapters of the organization. Davis also serves on the advisory board for Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, is a founding member of the philanthropic Original Circle of Friends organization and is a member of
Now in its second year, Ms. Davis’s BND Institute of Media and Culture’s Summer Media Camp for middle and high school students combines journalism and multiplatform media technology for Richmond, Va.-area students. Her BND scholars, grades 8-12, create and display their work via an online presence. In addition, students build their confidence as they learn about media literacy and gain more awareness about their individual and collective communities. This two-week program taps into and explores students’ creativity, writing, editing and video skills. Students work with professional media writers, editors, videographers and special guests who will lead them through various aspects of digital storytelling. “Besides developing students’ technical skills, we include time for field trips to local media outlets and to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Such outings enlighten our students to news media operations and enable them to meet professionals in an industry in which they one day may work.”
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in a career that has spanned more than 50 years. An ASL Interpreter will be present for event.
Wednesday, March 13th GAZES, MIGRATIONS & MEMORIES: WOMEN ON PERFORMANCE AND WRITING
NYU Law School, D’Agostino Hall, 103 W. 3rd St., Manhattan, 6-8pm. FREE. Join writer/photographer Maaza Mengiste (author of forthcoming The Shadow King), vocalist/ songwriter Somi, and human rights advocate Clemantine Wamariya as they discuss their work, activism, the archives, ways of telling, sharing stories and why. Moderated by Deborah Willis, photographer of In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond. RSVP at 212-998-4222.
Thursday, March 14th WOMEN’S HERSTORY MONTH 2019: NYC WOMEN ADVANCING SOCIAL JUSTICE” City Council Chambers, New York City Hall. (Doors open 5:30p). Email RSVP by March 13th: email@example.com. gov or calling (212) 482-6731.
IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN: ENTREPRENEURS AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD 63 Flushing Ave., (at Carlton), 5-7:30pm, $10. In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us for a roundtable discussion exploring the entrepreneur’s journey with four Yardbased businesses. Among the panelists is Elizabeth Kennedy of EKLA, PLLC. Moderator: Toni Williams Tickets-brooklynnavyyard.org
Saturday, March 16th WOW TEEN SUMMIT Education at the Apollo Theater 253 W. 125th St., 12-1:30pm, FREE. This year’s Women of the World Teen Summit: No Shade explores the impact of colorism on a global scale and its influence on local communities. With performances and panel discussionsRSVP at Eventbrite.
artists and activists of the 60’s such as Barbara Ann Teer, Ella Baker and the young women of SNCC. This year’s event, directed by Jonathan McCrory for ➔➔ Continued on page 14
the National Black Theatre in partnership with the Weeksville Heritage Center, revisits the foremothers who laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights and the Black Arts Movements through Black women art-ivists -- Mfoniso Udofia, Chisa Hutchinson, and Staceyann Chin -- reimagining several seminal texts from the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements.
Friday, March 22nd MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, 8-10pm, FREE. See the first feature documentary on the singer, dancer, poet, writer and activist, who inspired generations with modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. The film traces her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, archival photos and videos, and her own words.
Saturday, March 23rd
MARCHING INTO “THE MOTHERS OF THE SPRING WITH WOMEN’S MOVEMENT [M.O.M.S.]: THE BLACK WOMAN: SHE DOES EXIST,” INTERNATIONAL HERSTORY MONTH
Weeksville, 6:00-7:30, Presentation; 7:308:30, Talkback & Reception. Tickets $10. This event is a remounting of a two-part series for a 2018 citywide arts festival of commissioned works inspired by and in response to texts written by Black women
Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church 85 S. Oxford St., Jarvie Room. 1-7pm., FREE. This second Diaspora Arts Collective event of the year at the Lafayette Presbyterian Church is a shopping party
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Fashion icon Brenda Brunson-Bey will be profiled in the March 21st "Women in Business" issue.
he artwork of Yaritja Young, a law woman of the Amata community in South Australia, will be exhibited along with other celebrated Aboriginal women artists at the Olsen Gruin Gallery
(www.olsengruin.com), 30 Orchard St. in Manhattan through April 14. Yaritja paints the rock holes and landmarks of her country, entwined with icons and traditional marks that relate to inma (dance) and tjukurpa
(dreaming). The twisted lines and shapes mimic tunnels and formations made by the tjala honey ant. “When I paint, my mind travels back to when I was a child watching my ancestors paint these stories on their bodies and on the caves. My paintings are of my country: my father’s country, my grandmother’s country, the tjala country. Everything that my grandmother taught me I’m teaching to my grandchildren now. They dance because I have shared what I got from my grandmother with my granddaughters so they can know their culture.”
“Ancestral Songlines of My Country”
BK Lawmakers Applaud Expansion of Women Monuments ➔➔ Continued from page 3 in New York’s middle-class black community to publish an account of the incident and sue the Third Avenue Railroad Company, the conductor, and the driver. The judge ruled in her favor, holding that “a colored person… had the same rights as others.” In addition to winning $225 in damages, Jennings’s case took the first step toward ending transit segregation in New York. By 1860 all of the city’s streetcar lines were open to African-Americans. In her later years, Jennings continued to teach, helping to found the first kindergarten in the city for black children. The monument of Trías will be placed at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx. Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías (19292001) was a pioneer in pediatrics and public health. Over the course of her career, Dr. Rodríguez Tríasfocused on issues including reproductive rights and HIV/AIDS care and prevention; she did this work on behalf of women and children, especially those in poor and minority communities. She became the medical director of the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute and the first Latinx director of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Rodríguez Trías was a recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal. Among her greatest legacies are shaping
regulations that govern informed content for sterilizations and empowering low-income and minority women through the women’s health movement. The monument of Walker will be placed at the Staten Island Ferry Landing in Staten Island. Katherine Walker (1838-1941), the keeper of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse for nearly three decades, is credited with saving the lives of at least 50 people and maintaining the light that guided countless ships to safe passage through Kill Van Kull, the shipping channel between Staten Island and Bayonne, New Jersey. One of the few female lighthouse keepers in American history, she broke barriers in a male-dominated field and raised her two children at the lighthouse, rowing them back and forth to attend school on Staten Island. Walker’s story sheds light on the largely untold history of women working in New York City’s thriving marine ecosystem. Her efforts contributed to the infrastructure of the shipping industry, which was the lifeblood of the city’s economy for centuries. The construction of these monuments will come through a $10 million Department of Cultural Affairs allocation over the next four years. Artist selection for each of these monuments will begin by the end of 2019, with artist selection concluding in the first half of 2020. The
monuments will be built throughout 2021 and 2022. The news comes just a few months after the first monument commissioned in honor of the late U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm was announced last Fall to be placed at the Prospect Park entrance. The initiative kicked off with an open call for nominations in June 2018. The City will also work with the
Museum of the City of New York to identify potential future monuments that honor groups of women. The Museum will use the recommendations of the She Built NYC selection committee, as well as the public nominations list, to research and comment on the appropriateness of various groupings of women from the list. The City will then use this research to inform future She Built NYC monuments.
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GLORY: A Life Among Legends is the compassionate memoir of Dr. Glory Van Scott, the renowned dancer and producer. And something more, says Melony McGant, a friend and fan of the artist, who believes the book “a treasure trove of historic and personal photographs offering the reader glimpses of the passions of a generation in which Black culture took its place among the high arts and became its own voice in the Civil Rights Movement.” It is a “testament to the power of art, the power of commitment, the power of education,” according to the press release. But in the essay below, excerpted from the book, McGant gives us an up-close look at the woman – as an icon among icons.
Ode to Glory: A Note from Green Diamond
By Melony McGant
know Dr. Glory as an actor, singer, choreographer, composer, dancer, director, producer, educator, humanitarian, legacy builder and keeper, loyal friend, godmother to many, sincere mentor and supporter of dreams. And always when I think of Dr. Glory, I am reminded of Miss Katherine Dunham. Both of these ladies captured the hearts of thousands through their work and have lived with a commitment to stretch the boundaries of possibility. Both shared the qualities of being artistic, keenly compassionate, exquisite in understanding, mystical, powerful, persistent, receptive and hugely talented. Perhaps this is why, when I acted as an assistant to Miss Dunham, she would speak of Dr. Glory, who seemed to constantly be planning some event at Symphony Space to salute Miss Dunham or some other dance legend. Often, Miss Dunham would say, “Call Glory.” When she wanted something special or needed an opinion, it was, “Call Glory.” When she needed transportation, it was “Call Glory.” Dr. Glory would arrange for her lighting designer, Bugsy (Leonard Buggs, affectionately known as the “Black Knight”), to transport Miss Dunham around New York City. When Oprah Winfrey named Miss Dunham as one of her legends, Miss Dunham shared the exquisite invitation with me and said, “Call Glory.” And when Miss Dunham ascended on May 21, 2006, ten days after she had finally achieved her wish of meeting and speaking to Oprah face-to-face, and twenty days after the Boule Blanche, held at Riverside Church and produced by Dr. Glory to honor the publication of Miss Dunham’s last book, Kaiso! I received a phone call immediately. It was as if Miss Dunham was speaking from the Heavens. I was asked to “Call Glory.” At the time, Dr. Glory was traveling in Venice and had no working phone. Strangely, though, she had called me the day before just to say hello. The phone number was still in my phone and I called with the hope that I could reach her. And somehow, I did. She was at dinner with her beloved Mr. George Wein. I don’t think my call surprised her because even at the Boule Blanche, she had had the feeling that those were Miss Dunham’s final days on this earthly realm. Dr. Glory requested that I immediately contact her friend Jennifer Dunning. Miss Dunning, then-dance critic at the New York Times, was able to write a profoundly touching obituary for publication in the newspaper. Through performance and producing,
Dr. Glory Van Scott has honored the legacies of Miss Katherine Dunham, Syvilla Forte, Agnes De Mille, Talley Beatty, Pearl Reynolds, Fred Benjamin, Louis Johnson, Joan Peters, Loretta Abbott and several others. She is the keeper and purveyor of good
memories of those she has been affiliated with in the artistic community. I began working with Dr. Glory through Miss Dunham. I was given the privilege of seeing pictures, memorabilia and writings about her life as a dancer, a model and a
Broadway performer. The more I learned about Dr. Glory, the more I thought that her story would make a wonderful book—and a beautiful movie. And yet, when I would ➔➔ Continued on page 12
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Ode to Glory ➔➔ Continued from page 11 question her about doing a book on her personal experiences, she would often just smile and change the subject. Like Miss Dunham, Dr. Glory became a coach, a mentor and supporter. She named me first marketing director, and then coordinating director for Dr. Glory Van Scott Productions. As we worked on various events for Dr. Glory’s Youth Theatre—salutes to Miss Dunham and other productions—she would share stories of her friendships with luminaries in the arts. I would suggest that she write. Always, again, she would just smile and change the subject. When we met in favorite restaurants where they knew us by name, and stayed so long we often were the last guests, I would too often say, “When your book is published...” And, finally, the resistant Dr. Glory grew tired of my constant reminders. She began writing. I began reading. We arranged for Andrienne Croix and Lee Gretenstein to assist with the typing. Over several years, I coached, listened and begged for more. Dr. Glory kept writing and sharing beautiful stories and pictures of her legacy. And now we have the book Glory: A Life Among Legends! Bravo! Bravo! Little did I know in 2001, when I first saw Miss Katherine Dunham, Dr. Glory Van Scott, Vanoye Aiken and Julie Belafonte sitting majestically in a large rehearsal studio at Alvin Ailey, that my life would become intertwined with two very compassionate, gifted, mysterious women. Dr. Glory has supported me in all of my
writing and creative projects, as well as my journey to become an interfaith minister. I call her an embodiment of Kuan Yin, though she laughs and says, “No, I’m not! I’m a monster.” She calls me Green Diamond. My mom, Betty J. Tilman, Katherine Dunham and Dr. Glory Van Scott have each inspired me with their goodness and helped me to live my good purpose. Dr. Glory often says that they “all came from the same cabbage patch in heaven!” Perhaps our meeting was already written in the stars. Some would say that it was destiny. I know only that I am humbled and grateful to have had the honor of knowing, learning from, loving and supporting the legacies of three great, magical, mystical, powerful queens of grace and integrity. “”“”“” GLORY: A Life Among Legends is available in Harlem at The Riverside Church Welcome Center/ La Boule Blanche at Riverside Church in Gift Shop, 91 Claremont Avenue, NYC on May 1, 2006 in Celebration of the and The Caribbean Cultural Center book KAISO (Katherine Dunham, Collected African Diaspora Institute, 120 East Writings) Edited by Veve Clark and Sara E. th 125 St., or online at amazon.com. Johnson. Next week, Dr. Glory Van Scott, Original Katherine Dunham Dance the cousin of Emmett Till, offers her Company members, pictured (back row, thoughts on how the after-effects of left to right): Camille Yarbrough, Jeanthe tragedy cemented a lifelong jourLeon Destine, Dr. Glory Van Scott, Julie ney that translated anger and grief Belafonte; (front row, left to right): Eloise into her passions for dance, theater Anderson, Katherine Dunham, Madeline and education. Preston. Photo by Tyrone Rasheed.
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Katherine Dunham teaching Dr. Glory Van Scott the role of the Queen in Divine Drumbeats, Rites des Passage for the 1980 CBS television film Dance in America. Dr. Glory Van Scott is the only other person aside from Katherine Dunham to dance this part. Photo by Bert Andrews.
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iane Patrick is called a “shero” by so many women around America. For eight years, she was First Lady of Massachusetts, serving actively around the state with her husband, former Gov. Deval Patrick. She’s been an attorney for Harvard University, a labor lawyer with the prestigious Ropes & Gray law firm, a determined survivor of depression and domestic abuse (by her now-deceased first husband), and so much more. I spent time with Diane and Deval during his first campaign back in 2006 and I remember so vividly being in a huge sports stadium and hearing the supporters scream out, “Diane! Diane!” as she approached the microphone to address them. She has always dressed herself in dignity and visible compassion. But Diane was, and always will be, a daughter of Bed-Stuy. She was a granddaughter of the man called the “Boss of Black Brooklyn,” Bertram L. Baker (18981985), who in 1948 became Brooklyn’s first Black elected official. Last Friday, Diane came back to Brooklyn to be with me at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church for an event celebrating the publishing of my book, Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker (Fordham University Press). Disclosure: Her grandfather was my grandfather. Diane and I are first cousins, respective children of Bertram and Irene Baker’s two daughters. Perhaps as expected, Diane praised the book. But Diane is metaphorically an open book herself, and when she spoke of the pain caused by reading the tragedies in “Boss of Black Brooklyn,” her inner tears could be seen by the audience. That honesty, so evident in her, was the reason she was indispensable during Deval’s runs for the governorship of Massachusetts. Diane and Deval were themselves history-makers, because Deval was the first Black person to be Governor of Massachusetts and the second Black person in American history to be elected governor of any state. Diane was an inspiration for Michelle Obama. Eight years ago, Diane came to BedStuy to be the main speaker at an event celebrating the co-naming of Jefferson Avenue (between Tompkins and Throop
Avenues) as “Bertram L. Baker Way.” She passionately declared that she did not want her grandmother, Bertram Baker’s wife Irene, to be forgotten. Irene Baker was a wonderful writer, an artist, a member of many Bed-Stuy clubs. But Irene Baker was first and foremost a housewife, mother and grandmother. In coming to the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Diane was literally traveling to see her grandmother as well as her grandfather. That’s because Lafayette Presbyterian Church is the resting place for the ashes of Bertram and Irene Baker, sitting in urns in the church’s columbarium. Lafayette Presbyterian Church should be honored for what it has done, not just for Bertram and Irene Baker, but for Black people during the abolitionist era in the mid-nineteenth century. The church was a stop along the Underground Railroad, for slaves escaping bondage in the American South. Readers should note also that there’s a newspaper that sits in stacks outside the main office of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church. That newspaper is Our Time Press. Diane Patrick never speaks unsolicited of the recent battle with cancer that she recently won. Diane will always be there at the top of the list of Bed-Stuy’s sheros.
Network Journal's 25 Women in Business Awards
he Network Journal, an award-winning business magazine for African-American professionals, corporate executives and business owners, has announced its 2019 list of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business. “The women we honor in the 21st year of the awards span occupations, industries and expertise, and they share the same traits when it comes to their career and community service: passion, drive and focus. We salute them for achieving significant levels of success in their businesses and professional careers, and for their myriad contributions to their community,” states TNJ Publisher and CEO Aziz Gueye Adetimirin. This select group will be profiled in the Spring 2019 issue of the magazine and will be formally honored during Women’s History Month at the 21st Annual 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business Awards Luncheon, on Friday, March 22,
2019. This highly anticipated TNJ event will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, located at 1535 Broadway (between 45th & 46th Streets in New York City from 11am to 2 p.m. This year’s sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Morgan Stanley. Additional sponsors include GCM Grosvenor, L’Oreal USA, Entergy and Bronner Brothers. The program includes a networking reception, lunch and awards presentation, with journalist Brenda Blackmon as Mistress of Ceremonies. The annual event attracts a “Who’s Who” of business executives and decision-makers from various industries. Tickets are $375.00 if purchased on or before March 9th, and $425.00 thereafter. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.tnj.com.
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Celebrate the Brilliance of Black Women!
Weeksville Heritage Center & National Black Theatre Present The Mothers of The Movements [M.O.M.S.]: The Black Woman: She Does Exist
n 2018, in partnership with Harlem Stages and Carnegie Hall, The National Black Theatre originally curated a two-part series titled The Mothers Of The Movements [M.O.M.S.] as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide arts festival “The ‘60s: The Years that Changed America.” M.O.M.S. began as an evening of newly commissioned work that was inspired and in response to seminal texts written by Black women artists and activists of the 60’s such as Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, Ella Baker, and the young women of SNCC. The newly commissioned works were created by the next generation of vital Black women voices; writers Mfoniso Udofia, Chisa Hutchinson, and Staceyann Chin. Seeking to strengthen the bonds between
past and present, and in addition to the newly commissioned work, NBT is gathering pioneering Black women legends of the theater community to perform the original seminal texts. NBT’s contribution to the original M.O.M.S. series was a one-night theatrical event titled The Black Woman: She Does Exist. Now in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center, NBT will remount The Mothers Of The Movements [M.O.M.S.]: The Black Woman: She Does Exist in an effort to bring another revolutionary spark to Brooklyn. Saturday, March 16, 2019 Show: 6-7:30PM Community TalkBack & Reception 7:30-8:30PM Tickets: $10
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Black postal worker - Stagecoach Mary; the first African American to run for president - Shirley Chisholm; the mother of Rock n’ Roll - Sister Rosetta Thorpe; and the first African American swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal – Simone Manuel.
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Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Kings County on 03/04/2019, bearing Index Number NC-000287-19/ KI, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 141 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) Amber (Middle) Lynn (Last) Vitale My present name is (First) Amber (Middle) Lynn (Last) Vitse FKA Amber Lynn Boast The city and state of my present address are Brooklyn, NY My place of birth is California The month and year of my birth are April 1972.
of Titles on the 20th day of Mar h, 1959 of the shape and dimensions and butting as appears by the said Plan and being the land registered at Volume 941 Folio 104 of the Register Book of Titles in the name of JOY P. CRICHLOW - HAS BEEN LOST:- HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that I intend at or after the expiration of fourteen days after the last appearance of this advertisement to cancel the said Certificate of Title and to register a new Certificate in duplicate in place thereof. S. Porteous, Senior Deputy Registrar of Titles Miscellaneous No. 2155493 UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF TITLES LAW OFFICE OF TITLES P.O. BOX 494 KINGSTON November 22, 2018 WHEREAS I have been satisfied by Statutory Declaration that the duplicate Certificate of Title for ALL THAT parcel of land part of CARDIFF HALL PLANTATION and UNITY PEN in the parish of SAINT ANN being the Lot numbered SEVENTY-SIX on the Plan of part of Cardiff Hall Plantation and Unity Pen aforesaid deposited in the Office of Titles on the
20th day of March, 1959 of the shape and dimensions and butting as appears by the said Plan and being the land registered at Volume 941 Folio 105 of the Register Book of Titles in the name of JOY P. CRICHLOW HAS BEEN LOST:- 1 HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that I intend at or after the expiration of fourteen days after the last appearance of this advertisement to cancel the said Certificate of Title and to register a new Certificate in duplicate in place thereof. S. Porteous Senior Deputy Registrar of Titles SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ROCKLAND _INDEX NO. 031486/2014 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff, Plaintiff designates ROCKLAND as the place of trial situs of the real property vs. ROCKLAND COUNTY COMMISSIONER OF FINANCE, AS THE LIMITED ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF EDWARD JOSEPH DETORRE A/K/A EDWARD DETORRE; LOUIS MAIO III, INDIVIDUALLY, AND AS THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA DETORRE A/K/A PATRICIA ANN DETORRE; DANIELLE
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MAIO, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA DETORRE A/K/A PATRICIA ANN DETORRE, HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF EDWARD JOSEPH DETORRE A/K/A EDWARD DETORRE; if living, and if she be dead, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to
have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, ➔➔ Continued on page 16
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LEGAL NOTICES ➔➔ Continued from page 15 executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; NICHOLAS MAIO, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA DETORRE A/K/A PATRICIA ANN DETORRE, HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF EDWARD JOSEPH DETORRE A/K/A EDWARD DETORRE; if living, and if he be dead, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, “JOHN DOE”, said name being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, and any parties, corporation or entities, if any, having or claiming and interest or lien upon the mortgaged premises, Defendants._ SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 17A CAMP HILL ROAD POMONA, NY 10970 Section: 33.13 Block: 1 Lot: 41 To the abovenamed Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Consolidation and/or Modified Mortgage to secure the sum of $420,442.62 and interest, covering premises known as 17A CAMP HILL ROAD POMONA, NY 10970. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. ROCKLAND County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by
serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: DYZIO J. GUZIEROWICZ, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF KINGS DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SOUNDVIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-OPT3, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-OPT3, V. VALERIE L. WILLIAMS, ET AL. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated January 14, 2019, and entered in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Kings, wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR SOUNDVIEW HOME LOAN TRUST 2006-OPT3, ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-OPT3 is the Plaintiff and VALERIE L. WILLIAMS, ET AL. are the Defendants. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the KINGS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 360 ADAMS STREET ROOM 224, BROOKLYN, NY 11201, on April 11, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 8614 AVENUE L, APARTMENT 404, BROOKLYN, NY 11236: Block 8065, Lot 1016: THE CONDOMINIUM UNIT (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE “UNIT”) KNOWN AS UNIT 404 IN THE BUILDING (THE “BUILDING”) KNOWN AS THE ROCHELLE COURT CONDOMINIUM AND BY STREET NUMBER 8614 AVENUE L, IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK TOGETHER WITH AN UNDIVIDED 3.4744% INTEREST IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS ALL THAT CERTAIN LOT, PIECE OR PARCEL OF LAND, SITUATE, LYING AND BEING IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, COUNTY OF KINGS, CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 514448/2017. Helene Blank, Esq. - Referee. RAS Boriskin, LLC 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, New York 11590, Attorneys for Plaintiff. NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC AUCTION Supreme Court of New York, KINGS County. HSBC BANK USA, N.A., Plaintiff, -against- ESTHER MATEO; PLINIO MATEO; JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.; CITY OF NEW YORK TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NYC DEPARTMENT OF FINANCEPARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; CARLA PARRA; FRANCISCO HERNANDEZ; CARLOS GARCIA; JOSE MORALES; BERNARDO FLORES; JOHN DOE #1-#2 AND JANE DOE #1-#2 occupants of the mortgaged premises whose identities remain unknown to plaintiff, Index No. 21581/2012. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly
dated, July 20, 2017 and entered with the Kings County Clerk on August 10, 2017, Bernard M. Alter, Esq., the Appointed Referee, will sell the premises known as 856 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11237 at public auction in Room 261 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on April 11, 2019 at 2:30 P.M. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York known as Block: 3386; Lot: 51 will be sold subject to the provisions of filed Judgment, Index No. 21581/2012. The approximate amount of judgment is $658,011.38 plus interest and costs. FRIEDMAN VARTOLO LLP 85 Broad Street, Suite 501, New York, New York 10004, Attorneys for Plaintiff. SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS STATE OF NEW YORK MORTGAGE AGENCY, Plaintiff -against- DENISE DRAXDORF AS ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT DRAXDORF A/K/A ROBERT JOHN DRAXDORF A/K/A ROBERT J. DRAXDORF, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein on February 13, 2019, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Courthouse 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY on April 11, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, known and designated as Block 6912 and Lot 70. Said premises known as 2656 MILL ROAD, BROOKLYN, NY Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. We are a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Index Number 524570/2017. PHILIP KAMARAS, ESQ., Referee STAGG, TERENZI, CONFUSIONE & WABNIK, LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 401 Franklin Avenue, Suite 300, Garden City, NY 11530 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT KINGS COUNTY U.S. BANK NA SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO BANK OF AMERICA NA SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO LASALLE BANK NA ON BEHALF OF THE HOLDERS OF THE WAMU MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES SERIES 2005-AR 15, Plaintiff against ALON FISCHER, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Fein Such & Crane, LLP, 1400 Old Country Road, Suite C103, Westbury, NY 11590 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered September 19, 2018, I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on April 4, 2019 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 1230 East 72nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11234. Block 8357 Lot 48. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $648,914.15 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 501674/2016. Doron Leiby, Esq., Referee SPSJN181 SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS NATIONSTAR HECM ACQUISITION TRUST 2016-2, WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, NOT INDIVIDUALLY, BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE, Plaintiff against JEANETTE BRINKLEY AS ADMINISTRATRIX AND AS HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF GENEVA BRINKLEY, DAVID BRINKLEY AS HEIR TO THE ESTATE OF GENEVA BRINKLEY, et al
VOL. 23 NO. 10 Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on January 28, 2019. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 4th day of April, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 645 East 53rdStreet, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11203. (Section: 15, Block: 4774, Lot: 65). Approximate amount of lien $ 428,393.98 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 500600-16. Jeffrey Dinowitz, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street – Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS HSBC Bank USA, National Association as Indenture Trustee for First NLC Trust 2005-3, Mortgage-Backed Notes, 2005-3, Plaintiff AGAINST Elisha Johnson; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated January 29, 2016 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on March 28, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 551 Kosciuszko Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block 1603 Lot 163. Approximate amount of judgment $699,825.04 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 12021/2012. Charlene Brown, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: January 31, 2019 61196 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC AUCTION Supreme Court of New York, KINGS County. CITIBANK, N.A., NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR NRZ PASS-THROUGH TRUST VI, Plaintiff, -against- ANDY MCALPIN; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NATIONAL CITY BANK; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; GLENDA MCALPINE; SEAN GLOVER; NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE, Index No. 15785/2013. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated, January 17, 2019 and entered with the Kings County Clerk on January 29, 2019, Ernest E. Badway, Esq., the Appointed Referee, will sell the premises known as 55 Chester Street, Brooklyn, New York 11212 at public auction at 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on March 28, 2019 at 2:30 P.M. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York known as Block: 3499; Lot: 113 will be sold subject to the provisions of filed Judgment, Index No. 15785/2013. The approximate amount of judgment is $1,023,572.13 plus interest and costs. FRIEDMAN VARTOLO LLP 85 Broad Street, Suite 501, New York, New York 10004, Attorneys for Plaintiff. SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS_ ➔➔ Continued on page 17
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against it may be served and shall mail process to the Chef Simi LLC 720 E. 93rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236. Purpose: any lawful act. BESPOKE JETS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/23/2018. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Olufunmilade Amusan, 936 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
LEGAL NOTICES ➔➔ Continued from page 16 INDEX NO. 512190/2018 Plaintiff designates KINGS as the place of trial situs of the real property Mortgaged Premises: 753 GEORGIA AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY 11207 Block: 4321 Lot: 47 LAKEVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC, Plaintiff vs. CLAUDETTE GUMBS; if living, and if she be dead, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12,” the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendants.__ To the above named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be
taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $468,400.00 and interest, recorded on November 24, 2006, at CRFN 2006000652959, of the Public Records of KINGS County, New York, covering premises known as 753 GEORGIA AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY 11207. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. KINGS County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: DYZIO J. GUZIEROWICZ, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS_ INDEX NO. 511037/2017 Mortgaged Premises: 674 HANCOCK STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11233 Block: 1662 Lot: 18 Plaintiff designates KINGS as the place of trial situs of the real property NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, -against- LEAMON GRADY AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY ➔➔ Continued on page 18
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LEGAL NOTICES ➔➔ Continued from page 9 AUSTIN, JOSEPHINE GRADY AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN, EARL GRADY AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN, FREEMAN GRADY AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN, JOHN GRADY AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DISTRIBUTEES OF THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH GRADY A/K/A ELIZABETH G. AUSTIN A/K/A ELIZABETH GRADY AUSTIN any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12,” the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendants. To the above-named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered
to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $360,000.00 and interest, recorded on June 7, 2010, at Liber Page, of the Public Records of KINGS County, New York, covering premises known as 674 HANCOCK STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11233. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. KINGS County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: GLENN W. CAULFIELD, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, BUT SOLELY AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE FOR LVS TITLE TRUST I Plaintiff, Against CARLTON EXILE A/K/A C. EXILE, ET AL., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale, duly entered 5/9/2014, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction, in Room 224 of the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, on 3/21/2019 at 2:30 pm , premises known as 123 Montauk Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208, and described as follows: ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York; County of KINGS and State of New York Block 3,992, and Lot 5.The approximate amount of the current
Judgment lien is $966,297.14 plus interest and costs. The Premises will be sold subject to provisions of the aforesaid Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale; Index # 45556/2007 Nancy Schacher, Esq., Referee. SHELDON MAY & ASSOCIATES Attorneys at Law, 255 Merrick Road , Rockville Centre, NY 11570 Dated: File Number: 25672 MNB SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR RESIDENTIAL ASSET MORTGAGE PRODUCTS, INC., MORTGAGE ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-NC2, Plaintiff against BEVERLY FIELDS A/K/A BEVERLEY FIELDS, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on April 3, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 28th day of March, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 1520 East 55th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11234 (Block: 7879, Lot: 82). Approximate amount of lien $ 576,178.74 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 508035-15. Shmuel D. Taub, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street – Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900 SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2007-7T2, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-7T2, Plaintiff against EGBERT BAPTISTE, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on August 15, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 28th day of March, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 674 East 22nd Street, Brooklyn. N.Y. 11210. (Block: 5221, Lot: 36). Approximate amount of lien $ 836, 509.93 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 507289-14. Bruce Goldstein, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway,
VOL. 23 NO. 10 LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street – Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900 SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE C-BASS MORTGAGE LOAN ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-MX1, Plaintiff -against- EDWIN SANTIAGO, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated April 19, 2018, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Courthouse 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY on March 14, 2019 at 2:30p.m. premises situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the southerly side of Halsey Street, distant 40.00 feet easterly from the southeasterly corner of Halsey Street and Lewis Avenue, being a plot 60.00 feet by 20.00 feet by 60.00 feet by 20.00 feet. Section: 6 Block: 1665 Lot: 12 Said premises known as 482 HALSEY STREET, BROOKLYN, NY Approximate amount of lien $562,628.19 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. Index Number 515574/2015. GREGORY T. CERCHIONE, ESQ., Referee Dorf & Nelson LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 555 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY 10580 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS, WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY FSB, AS TRUSTEE FOR STANWICH MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST A, Plaintiff, vs. VIOLA DAVID A/K/A VIOLA P. DAVID, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to an Order Confirming Referee Report and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on January 17, 2019, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on March 14, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 5202 Glenwood Road, Brooklyn, NY 11234. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, Block 7736 and Lot 40. Approximate amount of judgment is $399,257.59 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 501253/2015. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, the Mortgagee’s attorney, or the Referee. Gregory Thomas Cerchione, Esq., Referee Roach & Lin, P.C. FKA Peter T. Roach & Associates, P.C., 6901 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 240, Syosset, New York 11791, Attorneys for Plaintiff
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Friday, March 8th SUMMER 2019 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD Today’s the deadline! Over the course of an 8-week session, students will be connected to Navy Yard-based businesses and departments according to career interests, skill sets, and educational background. Must be: an NYC resident or attend an NYC-based college; a college-bound or college-attending student; able to present documentation of the above criteria and if under 18, able to provide working papers (which can be obtained from your school). Opportunities in: Culinary/Hospitality, Media/Communications, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Computer Programming/IT, Office/Administrative, etc. Two sessions are available, either – Monday, June 3 to Friday, July 26, 2019 or Monday, June 24 to Friday, August 16, 2019. All interns commit to a 40hour work week with a one-hour unpaid lunch break each day and are compensated at $15/hr. For more info and to request the application form, contact Edwin Rivera at 347-987-3908 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Saturday, March 9th BOB LAW SHOW LIVE: ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AS A WEAPON Sistas Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., 11am1pm FREE. National radio personality Bob Law will broadcast his WBAI (99.5FM) show live! Join us and be a part of the studio audience to discuss economic sanctions on corporations by grassroots people and the role of Black youth in the politics of our community. For more information call 718-398-1766.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS Wednesday, March 20th CALL IT GRACE: FINDING MEANING IN A FRACTURED WORLD: Union Theological Seminary 3041 Broadway, Manhattan, 6-8pm. FREE. Attend this book launch and panel discussion for Serene Jones’ memoir of raw truth, fierce love, and spiritual teaching. From her Oklahoma roots to her historic leadership of Union Theological Seminary, her story illuminates the deep fault lines of this age and points beyond them. Excavating the wisdom of great theological voices– James Baldwin, Soren Kirkegaard, James Cone, Luce Irigaray, Saint Teresa of Avila and others –she brings them to life with intimacy and vividness. The
Hear from the staff of NYC festivals that should be on your radar – the Asian American International Film Festival, NewFest, New York Latino Film Festival and Reel Sisters of the Diaspora. Cosponsored by Third World Newsreel and the Documentary Forum at CCNY. RSVP at Eventbrite.
Friday, March 15th LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON HOMEOWNERSHIP CRISIS
Wednesday, March 13th CIVILIAN COMPLAINT REVIEW BOARD PUBLIC MEETING Van Dyke Community Center 392 Blake Ave., 6:30pm, FREE. Come hear and share about police-community relations in your neighborhood. The CCRB is an independent agency composed entirely of civilians that employees that mediates, investigates, and prosecutes complaints alleging excessive or unnecessary force, abuse of authority, discourtesy, or the use of offensive language by officers of the New York City Police Department. For more info visit nyc.gov/ccrb.
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., 2-6pm. FREE. State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Assembly Member Tremaine Wright present a legislative hearing on the crisis facing homeowners of color, in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. As NYC becomes less and less affordable, seniors and homeowners of color in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods are especially vulnerable. This hearing will focus on systemic barriers and practices that led to this crisis: Redlining in minority communities; Deed theft; Equity theft; Liens and properties lost due to sewer and water charges; Predatory foreclosures and the Reverse mortgage impact on senior homeownership. Hear from impacted homeowners and foreclosure experts. Oral testimony is by invitation only; written testimony from the public is encouraged and should include recommendations for policy and/or legislative solutions.
Saturday, March 16th MARCH AGAINST RACISM AND FASCISM MARCH Foley Square, Manhattan (Worth, Centre & Lafayette Streets) Manhattan, 12pm, FREE. Join United Against Racism and Fascism (UARF-NYC) and people around the world who will gather for protests and other actions in anticipation of this annual day of observance on March
Eddie S. Glaudew panelists will be: Dr. Serene Jones, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., David P. Gushee and Jacqui Lewis. Kelly Brown Douglas will serve as moderator.
Saturday, March 23rd MARCHING INTO SPRING WITH WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL HERSTORY MONTH Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Oxford St., Jarvie Room, 1-7pm, FREE. Don’t miss the second Diaspora Arts Collective event of the year at the Lafayette Presbyterian Church. Share the excitement with a fabulous fashion show! Each Diaspora Arts Collective event is a shopping party with good food, good music, good people and, of course, the cultural creations of the gifted artists.
Sunday, March 24th HOLISTIC HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO Geb Hetep Wholistic Center 1344 Pacific St. #1W, 2-8pm FREE. Uplift your body, mind and soul with workshops, demonstrations and therapies designed for your wellbeing. Featured will be Ray Morgan, MD, ND, Ph.D / Therapist presenting, “Natural Approaches to Health and Emotional Wellness through Holistic, Medicine and Psychotherapy,” Mela Berger, HHP, BCMT, / Bodyworks Therapist demonstrating, “Healing Emotions with Bodywork,” Dr. Jeffrey Vincent Noble on, “Pranic Healing and Neuro-Linguistic Programming,” Dr. Leni Gray-Wilson sharing about, “Herbal Medicine for Hair Loss and Hair Growth,” and Bale Shabaka, Master Chef and creator of holistic skincare products. Reflexology massage, foot detox, NES testing and pranic healing are available by appointment. Vegan meals, health products, and giftware vendors on site. RSVP at 718-501-6044/45
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